Egyptian copper’s origin revealed – reports that two new studies published in the Journal of Archaeological Science unveil where ancient Egyptians got the red metal from. According to one of the studies, led by Frederik Rademakers of KU Leuven in Belgium, there was predominant reliance on relatively local ore from the Eastern Desert and the Sinai Peninsula. Based on isotope and chemical analyses of 40 metal samples from funerary objects and seven ore samples dating from the Predynastic, Protodynastic and Old Kingdom Periods, the research suggests significant developments in smelting technology that may have been adapted to different ore types.

Feathured image from Frederik W.Rademakers’ research paper.